Simon Law Firm MAY 2018


MAY 2018

A Hands-Free Georgia

L ast year, a total of 1,534 drivers died on Georgia highways. Accidents happen, but according to safety experts, many of these deaths could have been avoided — they were the result of distracted drivers. Due to the rising tide of highway fatalities, the state of Georgia recently passed a legislation that requires Georgia motorists to use hands- free cellphone technology when driving. Drivers who are caught handling their tech devices while on the road could now face a $300 fine and up to six points assessed on their driving record. In Georgia, drivers who rack up 15 points in a 24-month period lose their license.

using a wireless device while driving. But now, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Similarly, 15 other states have adopted hands-free laws, and most have seen reductions in traffic fatalities. Georgia representatives believe this law could save up to 300 lives per year. Here is a helpful guide explaining exactly what is prohibited and allowed under the new texting and driving law. PROHIBITED ●Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device ● Writing, sending, or reading any text-based communication while holding your device,

including text messages, instant messages, emails, or internet data ● Watching a video or movie other than data related to the navigation of your vehicle (mapping app or GPS screen) ● Recording a video ● Reaching for a device if it means you’re no longer in a seated driving position or properly restrained by a seat belt Allowed ● Speaking or texting while using hands-free technology ● Using a GPS system or mapping app ● Wearing or using a smart watch ● Using an earpiece to talk on the phone ● Using radios, CB radios, CB-radio hybrids, commercial two-way radios, subscription- based emergency communication services, prescribed medical devices, amateur or ham radios, in-vehicle security, or remote diagnostics ● Handling a wireless device to report a traffic accident, medical emergency, fire, crime, or hazardous road condition ● Handling a wireless device while you are lawfully parked (not at a stoplight)

In the past, Georgia prohibited anyone 18 and under with a learner’s permit from

If you have questions about this new texting and driving law, feel free to give us a call.

–Christopher Simon | 1

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